With Friends Like These…


“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S. Lewis

The original BFF’s

I saw this one coming. Exactly six months ago I was despondent, wondering whether I’d still have a job in the wake of the May floods, tearing my hair out in patches, doing a lot of moaning and wailing and gnashing teeth sorts of things. Now? I’m still despondent sometimes, mostly as to whether I’ll remain single my whole life, but I’m also profoundly thankful.

First and foremost, I found a full-time job with benefits after more than a year trying to get that particular job. I’m never going to get rich doing what I do, but it’s rewarding, it suits my personality, and it leaves me plenty of time to write. Not to mention, full-time with benefits is as rare as hen’s teeth these days. I truly am thankful for that.

I still have a roof over my head, plenty to eat, as well as clothing and shoes. That automatically makes me richer than 4/5 of the world’s population. (If that stat alone doesn’t make you thankful, you’ve got some soul-searching to do.)

No words can really say how thankful I am to the military, police and fire departments, and emergency responders who are willing to put their lives on the line for my sake and that of my family and friends. Voluntarily. These men and women deserve thanks every day out of the year, and they don’t take Thanksgiving, or any other day, off.

Despite the recent flaps over the TSA screeners, I still live in a free country where I can vote for the candidates of my choice, write the opinions of my choice, and practice my beliefs without fear of persecution. So much was given by generations past in order for me to do this; the least I can do is to be  an active participant in the great republic.

Finally, this year I’m especially thankful for having so many friends. I never really knew how many I had until I got into a tight situation. Some of my friends I’ve not actually met in person, but have come to know through the Net. They are no less dear to me than someone I’ve known all my life. To all my friends: thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have no idea how much you mean to me.

It has been said that one cannot choose his or her family, but that’s where friends come in. I’m proud to say I have friends of all ages, all backgrounds, and from many parts of the world. All of them are special to me. I hope I get to meet each and every one of them before I die.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends. You guys really are the best.

The original "Odd Couple"

 

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~ by Howlin' Mad Heather on November 25, 2010.

One Response to “With Friends Like These…”

  1. Yaaahooo! Hope you had a fantastic thanksgiving, I agree….friends ‘invisible’ or otherwise are something to be thankfull for! Love the pics…..nice!

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